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About Hull

Hull is making its mark as one of the UK's top cities

From the city that has brought you everything from LCD technology and world-class poets such as Andrew Marvell and Philip Larkin to Yorkshire Puddings and boiled sweets, Hull is quickly taking it's place as one of Yorkshire's hotspots.

During the Blitz in the WWII, Kingston Upon Hull was the second-most bombed city in the United Kingdom, after only London, meaning that some of its most beautiful landmarks were damaged and destroyed. However, there are still many resplendent Victorian buildings and landmarks in central Hull, particularly around the Queen Victoria Square, the docks, and the Old Town area, which still exudes a noticeable medieval character.

A historic gun battery lying alongside the Humber Estuary, Fort Paull is located on the outskirts of Hull, in the neighbouring village of Paull and just a short distance from the North Sea Ferry Terminal.

More landmarks in the city include the striking KC Stadium (Kingston Communications Stadium) and the world record-breaking Humber Bridge.

We celebrate our rich maritime history and reputation of being leaders in pursuing social justice - to honour one of our most famous sons, William Wilberforce, who fought a long campaign to bring about the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.

Regeneration projects

Overlooking the Humber, the new £165 million Humber Quays development, has now gained World Trade Centre status, is adding new high quality office space to Hull's waterfront. Phase 1 of the project includes two office buildings (both complete), and 51 new apartments.

Phase 2 will include a new 200-bedroom 4-star hotel, a restaurant, plus more high quality office space. 

The east bank of the River Hull will see a £100 million residential development connected to Hull's old town. This development, called the Boom, will include over 600 luxury riverside apartments, shops, boutiques, bistro cafés, a 120-bed luxury hotel, plus health and education facilities.

Linking the development to the city centre started in September 2009 with the construction of a swing footbridge across the River Hull which is described as an "iconic" addition to Hull's skyline. The 50-stall indoor Edwardian Trinity Market, a grade II listed building, has also been renovated.

Businesses in Hull deliver an annual turnover of almost £8 billion and over 5 million annual visitors contribute almost £210 million to Hull's economy. 

Events and the social scene

Our rapidly developing social scene coupled with an exciting programme of events, highlights of which have recently included the hugely successful Global Food Festival, Freedom Festival, maritime and jazz festivals.

With the addition in 2009/10 of being the starting and finishing port for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, we are becoming one of the most exciting waterfront locations in the UK.
In a city that is full of life and energy, there is always something happening and for those who sometimes just like to get away from the city, we are within minutes of some of the UK's most beautiful countryside and stunning coastline.